Sunday, March 20, 2011

U.S. Life Expectancy is on the Rise

Life expectancy in 1930 was 58 years for men and 62 years for women according to the Social Security Administration.

Nearly 80 years later, the life expectancy has reached an all-time high, according to the Center for Disease Control..

Life expectancy at birth increased to 78.2 years in 2009, up slightly from 78.0 years in 2008, according to a newly released report from the Center for Disease Control.

Of course, this increase may, very well, have to do with the fact that many baby boomers are much more conscientious of living a healthy lifestyle which, in turn, is resulting in a longer life span.

On a not-so-good-news note, life expectancy for black males (70.9 years) and females (77.4 years) remained unchanged in 2009. The gap in life expectancy between the white and black populations was 4.3 years in 2009, two-tenths of a year increase from the gap in 2008 of 4.1 years.

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